Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
"My dad is digging post holes for our little-league backstop on a hot summer day. His sleeves are rolled up…sweat is running down his neck, soaking the collar of his blue work shirt.
My earliest memory of the thing; I must have been about 10.
The shirt keeps reappearing in my mental snapshots from the next several years (the two of us pruning fruit trees together, cheering for Duke Snider at Ebbets Field, etc.), until, I guess, it just became such anexpected part of the way things were that it no longer made a distinct impression on me.
Then I was in college, and it was gone.
I tried, eventually, to find its equal. Frustrating. Shirts of more
recent vintage were flimsy, or new and raw looking, or poorly detailed.
This is the way it’s supposed to be.
Thick, old-fashioned 8-oz. cotton denim, almost bulletproof. Mellow, faded look (stonewashed; years of prewearing would be impractical). Exacting 2-3/4” point collar. Extralarge, buttoning chest pockets. Adjustable two-button cuffs, yoked back, rounded shirttail.
I wear mine around the farm, sometimes (with tie) to meetings with lawyers and bankers; seems to put everyone in an agreeable mood.
Heavyweight Denim Shirt (No. 1118).
Men’s sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL.
Color: Original Faded Blue, Dark Indigo."
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The origin of the term is unknown, but was first recorded in 1918. The term may originate from the United States during the time when settlers would be snowed into their log cabins in winter and would have to wait for the spring thaw in order to travel to town. The phrase may also be associated with ocean-crossing sailing ships in which passengers had to endure weeks and months of slow travel while living in cabins below deck.
On an episode of Mythbusters, the hosts attempted to "bust" the myth of cabin fever, isolating themselves for a period of time in the Alaskan winter while being observed and taking cognitive and stress tests. The test results were unusable due to incorrect testing procedures; however, one host, Adam Savage, exhibited all four of the symptoms of cabin fever they were looking for, while the other, Jamie Hyneman, only exhibited one (excessive sleep). They deemed the myth "plausible".
Many stories are based around this idea of a small group of people getting restless and irritable from being in a confined space. One of the most famous stories about cabin fever is Stephen King's The Shining which involves a family of three trapped in an isolated resort in the dead of winter. Cabin fever stories may also involve a person or group of people on a deserted island or on a long space voyage.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
It's said that the lyrics were originally scribbled down by Trenet on toilet paper while riding a train on the French Mediterranean coast.
English lyrics, unrelated to the French lyrics, were written by Jack Lawrence and entitled "Beyond the Sea":
Somewhere beyond the sea,
Somewhere beyond the sea,
It's far beyond a star,
We'll meet beyond the shore,
*matzo ball soup not pictured
While having a delightful lunch at Canter's Deli & Restaurant (419 North Fairfax Avenue), Manya and I decided that Jewish deli food is one of life's great equalizers; enjoyed by many classes, religions, and races.
Update: Anikke just reminded me - probably not enjoyed by antisemites.